Charitable Barometer of the Greater Capital Region

In collaboration with the Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region, the Center is conducting a study on charitable giving in the Greater Capital Region.

The purpose of the study - 2010 Charitable Barometer of the Greater Capital Region - is to measure the climate for philanthropic giving in the community. Two surveys will be conducted to gauge the perspectives of both charitable organizations and donors, their sense of optimism/pessimism about charitable giving in the community, and their assessment of the impact of the economic downturn on giving. Differences by gender in philanthropic giving and in perceptions about the giving climate will be analyzed.

The National Center for Charitable Statistics database will be used to identify all 501 (c) 3 organizations in the following 10 counties representing the GCR: Fulton, Saratoga, Washington, Montgomery, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Albany, Greene, and Columbia. The organizations will be categorized into 8 different categories of services using the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) system of categorization.
These categories are:

  • Arts, Culture and the Humanities
  • Education
  • Environment and Animals
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • International Foreign Affairs
  • Public, Societal Benefit
  • Religion-related

A random sample of 364 organizations - 501(c)3 excluding private foundations - will be selected from the categories of services identified above. Another random sample of donors from the Community Foundation’s database will be selected. Two survey instruments will be used to collect the data. Surveys will be mailed to participants who will also be provided with an option to complete the survey online.

The study is sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region.


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